Friday, 7 November 2008

Autumn Friday 6 - Tophill Low

Great Spotted Woodpecker (male)
It was wet as the class was about to start, but it soon dried up. We took advantage of the conditions to visit an area of the reserve new to most 'students'. On the way we were rewarded with extremely close views of Goldcrests, and when we got to our destination the closest views we've ever had of wild Wigeon. We also manged to see some drake Goldeneye, as well as most of the other common duck species, including some Ruddy Ducks, which had escaped the shotguns! The final part of the morning session concluded with beautiful sunshine. The improved conditions continued into the afternoon when we travelled to Watton Borrow Pits to see the Smew (redhead) - seen in better light than on Wednesday. The Great Spotted Woodpecker showed very well at the feeding station.

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